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Top 10 Issue #268, January 22, 2021
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Global Futurist, Jim Carroll, MindshareTV. " The Future of Skills in the Era of Knowledge Acceleration."

Dear Thought Leader, 


Happy Friday! One can't help but feel a sense of optimism given this week's Presidential Inauguration with all the pomp and ceremony and positivity! Wow! Youth Poet laureate, Amanda Gorman, a Harvard University alumna was stellar and earned a spot in our Quote of the Week with these inspiring words, " T here was always light. If only we're brave enough to see it. If only we are brave enough to be it."


There's something to be said about the much needed positivity permeating around the world despite the current challenges we face with the lingering pandemic. With that, I'm pleased to share our Top10 News Stories of this past week! 


A few notable highlights: 


1. MindShareTV podcast with Canada's very own, Jim Carroll, a global futurist, who gives us insight on skills of the future and trends in education. 

2. Kudos to Prodigy Learning who makes our Top spot with their recent round of funding that ranks among the top globally. Watch for BIG things to come! I sense they'll be going beyond their math offering to engage students in new and innovative ways! 

3. Innovation at the Center of Education, District scolaire francophone Sud Launches New Initiative.

4. Teachers, be sure to enter the Bitmoji Classroom Challenge launching in this issue. Details below. 

5. MindShare is honoured to partner with the EdFocus Industry Summit and The International Education & Skills Summit (TIESS).

6. Save the Date! C21 Canada 10th Anniversary Webinar Series C21 CIO Alliance>>Future Proofing Education, February 18.


Special thanks to our valued partners and our team: educators, designers and board members, who are so passionate about making an impact on learning today and tomorrow. 


Drop me a note with your comments, news, research, events and career opportunties! We love hearing from your!


Until next time, stay healthy, stay safe, and keep the digital learning curve steep!

Robert Martellacci, M.A. EdTech
President, MindShare Learning Technology™
Chief Digital Publisher, The MindShare Learning Report™
Founder, MindShare Workspace
CEO & Co-founder, C21 Canada™

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Quote of the Week 

K-12 Top News Stories 
1. Prodigy Education Raises One of the Largest Series B Rounds in Global EdTech History, Janurary 2021
TORONTO, Jan. 12, 2021 /PRNewswire/ - Prodigy Education ("Prodigy"), one of the fastest growing EdTech companies in North America, announced today that it has completed an agreement for a significant Series B funding. Under the agreement, Prodigy receives a combined CAD $159 million (approximately $125 million USD) led by TPG Growth, the middle market and growth equity platform of alternative asset firm TPG, with additional investment from its current investor, the Canadian Business Growth Fund ("CBGF"). The investment is one of the largest in North American EdTech history for any funding round.
2. Innovation at the Center of Education, District scolaire francophone Sud Launch New Initiative

January 20, 2021
Modern society pressures the education system. Education does not keep pace with society and the two continue to widen. It is obvious education must adapt and respond to the challenges created by these rapid changes. Academic organizations are pointing to promising avenues that can improve the education of today’s learners, including collaboration, creativity, computer thinking, etc., skills indispensable to them forever. 
The Intr’Appreneur project attaches importance to digital issues in the labor market and education. It aims to create an educational environment to bridge the gap between the world of education and the world of work to ensure a genuine inclusive education that promotes the professional integration of learners to the new economic reality. Aligned with the vision and values of the EECD, "Plan vie carrière” (Francophone sector) and "Personalized Learning” (Anglophone sector), the Intr’Appreneur project responds to the community needs to contribute to the global and green economy.
3. Inksmith Expands Access to Education Opportunities with Farnell Climate Action Kit for Learning about Environmental Issues Through Coding, will Now we Globally Available January 19, 2021
WATERLOO, ON | Jan. 19, 2021 — Waterloo Region-based education company, InkSmith, has signed a global distribution agreement with Farnell, an Avnet Company and global distributor of electronic components, products, and solutions, to distribute its popular coding and robotics product known as the Climate Action Kit. The partnership agreement will expand access to learning through educational technology, democratizing STEM and digital literacy education to students throughout the world in the context of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
4. STEM charter school in Calgary approved to start this fall January 14, 2021
Calgary is getting its first new charter school in more than a decade. 
The STEM Innovation Academy was announced Wednesday by former Calgary Board of Education trustee Lisa Davis and co-founder Sarah Bieber, who heads an education advocacy group, Kids Come First Alberta.
The Grade 7 to 12 charter school's application was granted approval by Education Minister Adriana LaGrange. 
5. OECD Science, Technology and Innovation Outlook 2021
Times of Crisis and Opportunity
OECD January, 2021

Post-Secondary Top News 
6. U of O team participates in global cyber security finals, January 17, 2021
On Jan. 9 and 10, a team of students from the University of Ottawa competed in the global Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition (CPTC), against 15 other teams. 
The team that competed under the grey and garnet banner was composed of Nicholas Znamenski, Logan Rodie, Cedric Brisebois, Sean Maher,  Brennan McDonald, and coach Guy-Vincent Jourdan. 
Penetration testing sounds risqué, but this term refers to the process companies undergo to test the strength of their security systems.
7. New pilot project aims to help instructors’ online teaching through technology January 17, 2021
A new pilot program at U of T, called Transforming the Instructional Landscape (TIL), aims to assist instructors in navigating the new online learning environment and improving their online teaching. This comes in the backdrop of a year where online learning has become the new norm for most classes — with some students raising concerns about a lower quality of education and increased social difficulty.
The program is a collaboration among several administrative departments of U of T, including Learning Space Management, the Innovation Hub, and the Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation. 
The Government of Canada and Bell each recently announced planned investments in cleantech and cybersecurity development totalling $3.1 million at two Canadian universities.
Through Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), the federal government is investing $1.9 million to fund the creation of a cleantech innovation hub at the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Okanagan campus. Across the country, telecom giant Bell is investing $1.2 million to support a comprehensive cybersecurity education program offered through the University of New Brunswick (UNB).
9. Samsung Canada extends partnership with Centennial College as part of The Samsung Tech Institute initiative January 19, 2021 
TORONTO, Jan. 19, 2021 /CNW/ - Samsung Electronics Canada has extended its partnership with Centennial College's Electronics Engineering Technician program through 2023. Over the last five years, Samsung has supported more than 275 Centennial students to develop the skills needed to pursue a wide range of opportunities in electronics engineering for digital appliances, with a number of program graduates now working at Samsung Service Centres across the province.
10. Digital skills training can boost Canada’s economic recovery January 15, 2021
What will the workplaces of 2021 and beyond look like? Experts have warned about Canada’s digital skills gap for almost a decade. Now, COVID has accelerated the urgency to re-evaluate the future of work. Finding ways to boost Canada’s post-pandemic economic recovery will come down in large part to embracing more technology.
FETC Future of Education Technology Conference.
January 26-29, 2021                           
Designing a Flipped Classroom
January 25-31, 2021                           
Innovating in the Classroom with Interactive 3D Tools Online
January 28, 2021                           
Ontario Library Association Super Conference
February 2-6, 2021                           
February 27-28, 2021                           

Parent Corner 

Parent Teaching Resources 
1. Teaching & Wellness Resources for Parents


Faculty Development has collected some great resources to help with kids learning at home or even to just take up a little time each day. Explore and have some fun.  Many of these sites will supplement what teachers are using online.

2. Resources for K-12 staff teaching and working through the COVID-19 pandemic

3. Learning at Home
As children are home and cannot currently participate in learning in the classroom, we have created online resources to help support families during this time. We will be posting weekly lessons for each age group as well, recipes, story time, yoga, music and more!

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The MindShare Learning Report team is made up of the following individuals: 

Robert Martellacci, M.A. Ed Tech., Chief Digital Publisher
Dr. Karen Grose, MindShare Learning Partner Associate
Timothy Gard, B.Ed., OCT, M.A, Chief Learning Strategist 
Hanan Mousa, Associate Digital Media Specialist

Ivana Zelich, Digital Media University Intern
MindShare Advisory Board 

The MindShare Report is grateful for the guidance and support provided by our esteemed advisory board. Members include: 

Lauren Burman, M.B.A., Chief Commercial Officer, Sound Commerce 
Kevin Custer, Founding Principal, Arc Capital Development 
Chip Fesko, Principal, Chip Fesko & Associates
Ian Fogarty, Educator, Riverview High School | MindShare National Video Challenge Award Winner 
Dr. GuyTetrault, Award Winning Sun West School Division, Director & CEO  (Retired)
Michael Furdyk, Co-Founder, TakingItGlobal 
Dr. Eric Hamilton, Associate Dean of Education, Pepperdine University, Graduate School of Education and Psychology 
Maxim Jean-Louis, CEO, Contact North/Contact Nord, 
Gary Kern, Principal, St. George's School 
Dr. Susanne Lajoie, Professor, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, McGill University 
David Marsi, Senior Manager Training Initiatives, ScotiaMcLeod  
Mirella Rossi, Superintendent of Education, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board
Sandra Chow, Award Winning Teacher, Toronto District School Board (On Leave serving as a Director of Technology & Instruction at a School in China
Ron Sedran, MD, Equity Capital Markets, Canaccord Adams

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